Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Palin and McCain: criminal charges

On any other playing field in the world, before you got up and accused a person of being a criminal, of committing a crime for which the penalty is life in prison or execution, you would need to have some tiny, microscopic shred of evidence. It's called "the burden of proof," and it lies on the shoulders of the prosecution.

However, it seems that in the American political arena, anyone could stand up on a podium and accuse someone running for, or already in, office, of a capital crime ... and about half the audience would agree and yell for a kangaroo court and a summary execution:

UPDATE: Radar reports that the Secret Service is investigating the potential threat against Barack Obama at a Sarah Palin rally:
The Secret Service is following up on media reports today that someone in the crowd at a McCain/Palin event suggested killing Barack Obama, according to Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley. The shout of "kill him" followed a Sarah Palin rant on Obama's relationship with radical Chicagoan Bill Ayers.

And it's getting racial:
The Washington Post has reported on a Palin rally in which the crowd turned on the media and hurled racial epithets at a sound man:
Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy.", the word used was the N-word, which we can't actually say anymore, thank gods; the whole sordid story is out there: go find it.)

But it's even dumber than racial:
In the latest instance of inflammatory outbursts at McCain-Palin rallies, a crowd member screamed "treason!" during an event on Tuesday after Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of criticizing U.S. troops.
"[Obama] said, too, that our troops in Afghanistan are 'air raiding villages and killing civilians,'" Palin said, mischaracterizing a 2007 remark by Obama. "I hope Americans know that is not what our brave men and women in uniform are doing in Afghanistan. The U.S. military is fighting terrorism and protecting us and protecting our freedom."
Shortly afterward, a male member of the crowd in Jacksonville, Florida, yelled "treason!" loudly enough to be picked up by television microphones.

And it's even worse than the "traitor" crack:
"Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country," Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain's ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.
"This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America," she said. "We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism."

So, here we have Mr. Barack Obama: a presidential candidate (ie., one vote short of the White House ... because one vote is all ANYONE needs to take up residence in the office without any corners: with the rest of the country split 50/50, the poll even, here comes Redneck Joe Sixpack, towing his pregnant, barefoot wife and his 14 children, to cast the deciding vote)...

Here we have our presidential candidate who, by January, could very easily have the fate of the world under his thumb. He could nuke the planet Earth until it glowed in the dark, if he wanted to. The power of the US President to decide if this planet and its six billion inhabitants will even survive into 2010, is awe inspiring. Armageddon is never more than whisker away.

So, here we have this man, Mr. Obama, whom (just) over half of the population of the United States considers to be sane, rational, reasonable, honorable, trustworthy, truthful and decent enough to be given command of The Button which destroys any future this planet has.

And for some reason, within the United States of America, it is LEGAL to accuse him of capital crimes.

Is there no law against slander in America? Is there no law against libel? Defamation?

People who accuse others of perpetrating capital crimes, such as terrorism and treason, are allowed to make these accusations without evidence, in America?

Then, anyone could stand up on a podium, draped in an American flag, and say, "Sarah Palin was a prostitute until she was 22 years old, I had her *ss every Friday and Saturday nights for over two years." Or, they could say, "John McCain is a pedophile!"

Or they could simply say, "Palin and McCain are criminals!"

And in the actual FACT of the law, the very letter of the law ... Palin and McCain most certainly are criminals. At the very least, they are guilty of slander, libel and defamation -- these are crimes. They have accused a man of being a terrorist and a traitor to his nation.

They have one defence in a court of law: they can present the evidence.

If it were any other country in the world, they would be charged with these crimes, hauled into court and forced to either produce the evidence to back up what they're saying ... or else they would have to back down, pay massive fines and court costs.

Go do a Google search, right now -- go on! -- search on "obama terrorist evidence" and see what comes up. Or, let me save you the time. NOTHING comes up. There is no evidence out there, just people saying things like this (and this is the whole quote, nothing missing):

    This is evidence that Barack Hussein Obama is a terrorist! We can't let a muslim terrorist into the whitehouse! If we don't get him arrested and put in Guantanemo Bay for actions against the United States, then something is seriously wrong with this once great nation! Who agrees with me?

Reiteration is not proof. The color of a man's skin is not evidence of a crime. Nor is his sexual preference, his name, nor his family history. But in recent weeks America has been seething with allegations that anyone with a name like Barack Hussein Obama has to be a terrorist, because his name says so. Not to mention he's (shhh!) not white.

If you think Palin and McCain were the first to spout this piffle, and that they're not speaking on behalf of at least some of the American voting public, you need to see this:

That's been up for weeks, and if you want a real scare, this is just one of the many, many text responses to the video:

    Obama is an active terrorist in Africa, no mincing of words, no stretching. He associates with terrorists in the US and worldwide... he admits it, your denials are absurd. This is not about race per se, but only fools would discount that he is a radical Caucasian Arab mix. The matter of Obama goes beyond whether or not he would make a bad President, that is a given... the question is, why is he even running when he has refused to provide a birth certificate and he hasn't proved his citizenship.

So, where's the evidence? Where's the proof? Allegation without proof is slander, libel, defamation. America, where is your legal system when the world needs it for our protection, if not yours?! Libelists are supposed to be hauled into court! Go haul 'em in!

That's the way a fair legal system is supposed to work; but apparently it doesn't work this way in America ... at least so long as you confine your accusations of terrorism, treason ... and by extension anything else you might fancy accusing him of; wife beating, incest, molesting kids, owning kidporn; how about old fashioned murder? ... to White House candidates.

Where would the law draw the line?

This is an extremely good question, because terrorism and treason are capital crimes. You're due for execution for these two -- same as murder -- whereas the other crimes will "only" score you a looooong time in prison, and a lifelong police record if and when you come out.

Where is the justice in a system that allows people to whip up the old thunderbolt of racial hatred and then hurl it at the man who will probably, in a couple of months, be the most powerful man in the world? It really only takes one vote (the aforementioned Redneck Joe, with the pregnant wife and the 14 kids) to decide an election ... which means (and grasp this firmly, folks) at any one time, a full 49.99999% of the American population could be convinced its president was a terrorist and traitor. One extra voter argued. The "criminal" was elected. Ye gods.

Add to this the racial hatred that is being generated by Palin and McCain, and you have a blueprint for disaster. How long before Obama is shot dead, like more than one American president before him? America has a history of dead presidents who were shot by someone, somewhere, who didn't like them ... automatic weapons are legal and easy to get.

If I were Obama, right now I would seriously be considering following in the retreating footsteps of Colin Powell (remember him?) who was going to take a crack at running for office, only to ... stand down and get out while he was still alive. (The story circulating down here at the time was that he had been warned, probably by the secret service, that he would be an assassination target and should quit while he was ahead. Not being a fool, he put the safety of his family, and himself, first, and bowed out.)

Remember, the secret service is, right now, investigating death threats made at a public rally. I put this to you: if some jerk is stupid enough to come out and say it in public, within range of the TV cameras, what are these people saying behind closed doors?!

But, wait a second. If Obama takes the sane road and says, "If you're going to shoot me, I'm leaving ... he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day" ... if he says that, we will almost certainly get an America with dangerous, raving lunatics in charge.

If you were reading this blog a couple of weeks ago, you'll recall that I wrote this:
...President Sarah Pakin: Commander-in-chief at the End of Days.

If you haven't read it, read it now -- I don't have time to reiterate. Then read this:
Not gay? Think you're safe? Wrong. Jewish, pagan, Sarah Palin is hunting for your hide.

And if that's not enough to convince you these people are dangerous lunatics, read:
Palin and McCain: advocating a new AIDS epidemic.

Right now, if you're an America voter there is an enormous question to be answered. Do you want, as president, someone who whips up racial hatred to win an argument? Someone who anticipates Armageddon with pleasure and embraces warfare and the "soldiers of God" ...? Do you want Dominionists in the White House?

If you don't know who and what Dominionists are, read these quick:

And here's the real kicker. Mr. Obama will probably have more honor and righteousness than to walk away. (Discovering himself little more than a puppet who was probably going to be assassinated, Colin Powell had the sense to walk, which is no slur upon his honor. At the time, walking was sheer common sense.) He'll very likely win the election ... and more than likely get shot. Even if he manages to survive his term in office --

The Dominionists won't be going away any time soon. They'll still be there in 2012. Sarah Palin will run again, with four years of grooming to make her look more like a presidential candidate, and give her (or someone just like her) a pretty good shot at the White House.

Dominionists in the oval office. Think about it.

Trembling yet? You should be.

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